Polo G has often likened himself to Tupac. On Instagram, he stated that he is “Pac rebirthed,” and the sentiment comes across in his music, too. On “Wishing For a Hero,” he samples Pac’s 1998 hit “Changes” as he reflects on overcoming his own demons and borrows Tupac’s own lyrics, “Wish we could go back to them days when we played as kids/ A lot of shit changed, that’s just the way it is.” Polo G’s mother Stacia Mac told Complex that her son draws a lot of inspiration from Pac. “When he looks at Tupac, he looks at someone who is multifaceted,” she said. “Tupac was a blueprint when it was not OK to speak out on social issues and when it was not OK to talk about what we experience now with the overwhelming surge of police brutality and so on. Tupac was aware and conscious of those social issues, and he used his platform to speak as much, even if it was not popular at the time. So yes, he’s someone that [Polo] looks to for inspiration on many levels.” 

In the music video for “Rapstar,” he dressed up like Pac and rapped the line, “They say I’m Pac rebirth, never put out a weak verse.” Speaking with Genius, he added, “My pops is a big ‘Pac fan. That’s just the culture of our household to listen to a lot of different music. First, I was up on Lil Wayne, but when I figured out I really wanted to rap, that’s when I started looking deeper into 2Pac. And then just finding out a lot of sh-t about him, like the way he moved, what he stood for, just the music he was making. The messages that he had, I just felt like that’s what make him one of the all-time greats. So that’s something that you can marvel at.”